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GoAnimate (formerly styled as Go!Animate) is a website that allows people to make their own animated videos, formerly using Flash Animation, but currently using the HTML5 standard which allows creation and viewing on most any device, including traditional computers and mobile devices. It has been used even by some noted Animation personalities such as Paul Dini, who used it to produce his web series Super Rica and Rashy. Signing up is free for 14 days, though you must upgrade to a paid account if you want to have access to their full resources. You must be at least 13 years old to join, but like everything else limited by the American COPPA act, many younger than 13 just disregard this requirement and put in another birth year.

There are two ways to make the videos. One is the "Quick Video Maker" which offers several ready-made "animated shorts" (some of which are based on licensed properties) with the settings and actions already selected, and a small cast of characters to choose from (different for each); all you have to do is write the dialogue (and disabling grounded videos in the process).

There's also the "Full Featured Video Maker" that allows you to start from scratch and select almost everything by yourself: settings, actions, sounds, FX, etc. (though again, you have a limited cast to use).

You can also make more characters and post your videos on YouTube, but that requires a paid account. Note that the any videos you publish will have a watermark indicating they were made by GoAnimate (though you can pay to have it removed.)

GoAnimate also had a forum with a (now inactive) creative community that gives advice and offers examples and contests. However, you must have had a paid account to use it before it shut down.

GoAnimate would just be another video-making website if it wasn't for the series of videos that sent the website and video maker into infamy: The "X Gets Grounded" videos. Primarily made by young kids, the "grounded" videos detail the misadventures of various kids as they cause or get themselves into trouble in all manner of ways, followed by them getting busted and grounded (grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded) by their parents for absurd lengths of time. These videos are especially known for the trouble-making kids usually being characters from TV shows aimed at young kids, such as Caillou and Dora the Explorer.

Somewhere in 2013, GoAnimate's Spiritual Successor Plotagon was created.

In late 2014, the site switched to a pay-only site for professionals and businesses.

In early 2015, the GoPlus account type was phased out, turning GoAnimate into a business-only website.

Later that year, the company announced that it would move to the new HTML5 standard in January 2016 and remove any video-making feature not centered on business. The other themes were immediately incompatible with HTML5, with the business theme rebuilt in the format for its business customers.

The removal of these themes resulted in users unfamiliar with the HTML5 standard lashing out at the site's employees for removing them, though the major decline of Adobe Flash and growing importance of mobile devices that work with HTML5 meant GoAnimate had to do something to keep up with current trends (it may be the only case where a site's fanbase doesn't want to move from the often buggy and slow Flash platform to HTML5; YouTube converted pretty easily, along with most other video providers). Alvin Hung also took large amounts of abuse, but it's likely he knows about the "grounding" fanbase and was growing tired of the platform being used to make that type of content, seeing the platform as a serious tool for business use.

However, Plotagon seems to be a worthy alternative (albeit limiting two characters per scene and some characters impossible to pull off without stock objects), a majority of users migrated from GoAnimate to Plotagon (which has made no signs or hints that they will change the site into business-only and is free), while others flocked to GoAnimate for Schools, because the popular Comedy World theme lived on there note . On July 26, 2016, the old themes were sunsetted on the school site (timed for the new school year), leaving only those lucky enough to save old characters, themes and props as "starters" to use them in future videos for now.

You can find it here. Other uses who are upset about the site's changes can utilize Plotagon.

Tropes found on GoAnimate and the "Grounded" videos:

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  • Abusive Parents: Seen in spades.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Don't expect Caillou, Dora, Little Bill, Arthur, or any other kid show characters to be the wholesome lovable heroes/heroines they are canonically. Most of the time, they are portrayed as the most troublesome and naughty kids in the universe who sometimes cause trouble just for the heck of it.
      • Half subverted and half played straight with Barney. In some videos, Barney is an utter jerkhole, and in other videos, there are TWO Barneys.
    • Their parents are not much better, as most of the time they are unreasonable jerkasses regardless of how nice or lovable they are in canon. Caillou's dad Boris, in particular, is just a hair's length away from being straight up evil.
  • Adapted Out: Boots, Swiper, Benny the Bull, Pico the Squirrel, The Troll, and pretty much any other Dora character who is NOT named Dora, Diego, or Dora's parents or grandmother. Even Diego himself hasn't been seen in very many videos. This is possibly justified, in that Boots and the others are not human, and non-humans are pretty difficult to translate into any of GoAnimate's themes. (Not that people haven't tried, however.) Meanwhile, Dora (being much more well-known and popular) tends to be far more of a target than Diego, making Diego Gets Grounded videos less widespread. (Though that doesn't really explain Diego's absence in the many videos involving his cousin outside of the odd few.)
    • Baby Bop, BJ, and Riff are almost NEVER seen in GoAnimate. The children are only seen in videos where Barney is killed by other characters. Still, some people have attempted to put in Baby Bop, Riff, and BJ.
  • Adults Are Useless: In some Grounded videos, many of the adults seem to be (sometimes willfully) blind to what the kids (usually the troublesome "baby show" ones) want or need. (At least until they start acting out.) In this video, for example, Caillou wants a Yo Gabba Gabba band-aid, but his mother scoffs at the idea of him having something with a baby-show character on it, despite the fact that Caillou is four-years-old and it would be normal for him to want a Nick Jr. related band-aid.
    • Sometimes a trouble-maker will realize that they screwed up horribly and run to an adult figure, their parents, or the police for help. As soon as the trouble-maker reveals that they caused the mess they instantly get arrested or grounded without being given a chance to explain themselves further.
    • Characters will get grounded or otherwise punished even if it's clear to the adult characters that the mess the target character caused was an accident and/or it was something the character clearly didn't expect or want to happen.
  • Advice Backfire: There are a number of videos that attempt to hand out social advice, (such as this one) but wind up unintentionally falling under this for numerous reasons. Usually this is because what the user deems as "awesome" still comes off as somewhat socially awkward, among various other reasons.
  • The Alcoholic: Some videos depict Caillou drinking beer. One video displays Caillou picking up a bottle in front of a night club, drinking out of it (assuming it's Dr. Pepper), and getting drunk. He proceeds to shoot a bartender, get Dora drunk, punch a random old guy off a building, and finally start driving drunk. They crash into the house, and Boris is shocked, and implies this has happened before by asking "I smell beer... Did you get drunk again?". Later, Caillou is arrested.
    • Other videos may depict Caillou going to a bar, kill the bartender for beer, go home and into his room and chug away. He wakes up and pukes. Boris rushes in, but smells something familiar. OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH!
  • All Crimes Are Equal: Any sort of criminal act or misbehavior can be shown to be grounds for the trouble-maker's arrest (or even execution in extreme cases) if so chosen by the trouble-maker's authority figures, regardless if the misdemeanor was accidental or something as petty as littering, losing a library book, or breaking a sibling's belongings.
  • All Just a Dream: Entire videos can wind up being this, whether for a fairly sensible reason (such a series of random, non-grounding related events that lead to the lead character being killed) or just at the whim of the user. See also Dream Sequence below.
  • Anachronism Stew: This video strangely shows the RMS Titanic incident either occurring in the present (with Caillou being the cause of it, natch), or having cell phones, live news reports on television, numerous modern conveniences, and even Caillou's own TV show existing in 1912.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Rarely is anyone shown being upset over a trouble-maker being grounded, arrested, or even killed in some way. Sometimes a video will show everyone celebrating the fact that the trouble-maker is out of their hair with parties and trips to Chuck E. Cheese's and the like. Tropes Are Not Good, however: The execution videos take this trope up to levels that are beyond disturbing.
  • Angrish: Characters will often yell out "OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH!" or "G R R R R R R R R R R!" when they're mad.
  • Animesque: The Chibi Peepz, Chibi Ninjas, Ninja Anime, and anime themes are all anime style. Lil Peepz also features animesque hairstyles and Cartoon Classics has a few anime expressions like sweat drops and anger veins.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Often occurs in the videos where people repeatedly get in trouble, such as ones where the troublemaker of the day has a set amount of strikes before getting grounded/expelled. This video is a hilarious example of this, where Caillou gets strikes for drinking beer in class, putting in a porno on the TV, and murdering one of his classmates. The misdemeanor that gets him expelled from school? Cutting in front of everyone else when it's Circle Time. Him also stealing Leo's cookies is also an example of this in context.
  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: Caillou in Caillou Misbehaves at Amy's Baking Company and...
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • This video where Caillou fakes getting sick by showing his mother that his temperature is 103 degrees after holding it in hot water. Later, Mom takes his temperature again and discovers Caillou's actual temperature is...70 degrees. That's actually a dangerously low temperature for anyone's body to be at (Hypothermia starts below 95 degrees), and yet Caillou is perfectly healthy.
    • Some videos have characters having inexplicable (if outright nonsensical) side-effects from some injuries they get, such as needing an oxygen mask for a year when they only broke their leg, or lifetime oxygen tanks and paralysis from a stink bomb. (Even if you needed an oxygen mask from breaking your leg or taking in the scent of a prank-strength consumer stink bomb, you probably wouldn't need one for that long.) See also Made of Plasticine below.
  • Artistic License – Physics:
    • In this video, Dora somehow manages to cause a huge destructive earthquake throughout the city just from dropping a 1500 pound ball at her school.
    • In this one, Caillou, Dora, and Little Bill take an airplane they are riding on for a joyride, leading to a hilarious moment where Little Bill's dad runs up to the cockpit to stop them...while the plane is flying upside down and backwards.
  • Art Shift: Insomuch as it can apply to here, some users have gradually been making an effort to make Dora look more like how she does in her home TV show over time. Compare Dora in this video from May 2014 to how she looks in this video from May 2016.
  • Asshole Victim: Most of the characters getting grounded or however punished are intended to be this. (However, it doesn't always work.) Other characters wind up being this when they provoke the troublemaker of the day just to be mean, and it results in the troublemaker retaliating. (Such as in this video. Bye bye, Leo.)
  • Attack of the Fifty-Foot Tantrum Thrower: Many videos have kids growing to an enormous height and going on a rampage through town or in a building when they can't get their way. One particular video features Caillou doing this, then promptly destroying the Freedom Tower and the 9/11 Memorial.
  • Author Avatar:
    • Some users insert themselves into their videos as GoAnimate characters, either as a Creator Cameo, the person being wronged/injured in a "Grounded" video, or sometimes even as the person getting grounded.
    • It's not hard to infer that the characters who are against the troublemakers share the same opinion of things as those of the users themselves, considering how much detail is often put into the parent or friend characters' description (as simple as they can be) of why something sucks.
  • Ax-Crazy: A number of characters are liable to cause mass mayhem or beat up or murder people at the drop of a hat. Caillou's dad Boris, in particular, is often portrayed as this (either intentionally or unintentionally) by a number of users. Caillou himself can be this, too, but that's really Depending On the User.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Sometimes the grounded kids will be turned into infants as punishment, though sometimes the reason they get grounded in the first place was because they inflicted this trope on someone else!
  • Bedlam House: A lighter form of this concept due to site limitations (it's set in more the equivalent of a group home since GoAnimate doesn't have an equivalent setting), the ill-advisedly named "Mental People's Home" series of videos within is this; usually the residents have no need for mental health services and it's used to take kids off exhausted parents' hands, and the caretakers' punishments are extreme.
  • Bewildering Punishment: A fairly frequent occurrence, whether it's the trouble-maker showing a Never My Fault attitude when they get in trouble or literally because they have no idea why they are being punished, such as when they get grounded for no stated reason or for reasons beyond their control.
  • Bias Steamroller: In the rant videos, more often than not. The users rarely take any good aspects of the shows/movies they are bashing into account (if they don't just outright ignore them), and sometimes seem to simply hate the show/movie just for having the audacity to exist. It's also not unheard of for anyone who tries to counter their arguments or point out positive things about the piece of media in question to be automatically labeled as an "opinion disrespector" and blocked by the user. The inverse is also true, with some users pouring heaping amounts of praise on the things they do like, and blocking any "opinion disrespectors" who dare say otherwise.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Often, the kids act completely civil and nice until they are wronged or don't get their way, after which the gloves come off. This is more evident in the "(Character) Misbehaves at (Place)" videos.
  • Black And Black Morality: Oh sure, many of the grounding victims tend to have it coming, but the fact that in some of the more sadistic videos, their parents may go to some rather extreme measures in punishing them (sometimes they'll even kill the troublemaker) and, in some cases, even enjoy punishing the kids or celebrate their groundings, can make it difficult to take sides with anyone.
  • Black Comedy: Both from the groundings and from the things that cause the groundings at times. For instance, we have the time Caillou and Dora the Explorer grilled Rosie for supper.
    • While he's no longer around now, many people familiar with the grounded videos will tell you that the user Isaac Anderson was one of the most notable producers of videos containing examples of this. Many of his videos revolved around escalating and rather violent battles between Boris and Caillou with Doris, Rosie, and other people caught in the middle, with any injuries or casualties Played for Laughs. (And of course, almost always ending with Caillou (sometimes along with Rosie or Doris) grounded or dead.) After the termination of his account, fellow user and big fan OfficerPoop247 took up the mantle.
  • Born Unlucky: A troublemaker in the grounded series can be this. Sometimes the grounded series will start with them being grounded for nothing or something that wasn't even their fault.
  • Bowdlerise: There's a version of the GoAnimate video maker that's meant for schools and has weapons, alcohol, and tobacco props removed.
    • Users themselves tend to do this to the material they're parodying. Cartman's infamous "fuck me" rant that's become the basis of the "(Name) Misbehaves at (Place)" fad, for instance, becomes "engage me" or "*EEEENK* me.*"
  • California Doubling: Grocery stores double as other stores such as Wal-Mart, Gamestop and Best Buy, hamburger-type fast food restaurants double as all types of fast food restaurants and the fancy restaurant doubles as all other types of them (such as Olive Garden)
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • In some videos, Caillou has an identical twin named "Daillou". Although he's obviously never appeared in the original cartoon, many users have created videos about Daillou's adventures... which usually involve getting grounded (grounded grounded). In more extreme videos, Caillou has multiple 'lost siblings' with each of their names bumped up a letter (and yes, there have been videos where Doris has had 23 other boys, including a child named Zaillou).
    • If a troublemaker of the day either has unseen parents or no parents at all, (such as the Five Nights at Freddy's animatronics, Barney, Joe, or any number of the Sesame Street or Thomas And Friends characters), sometimes the user will invent parent characters just so there's someone to ground them. (Though it's also common for people to just use existing characters from their respective home series instead, such as the night guard or Freddy for the animatronics, Steve for Joe, or Sir Topham Hatt/The Fat Controller for the Thomas engines. However, despite the fact that adult human and puppet characters are present in Sesame Street, they are almost never used in grounded videos.)
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : The "Grounded" videos that involve Dora tend to reach absurd levels as no matter how impossible it is for them to know, Dora will always be ratted on by students, police, video cameras and even fired teachers. This often applies to just about anyone else who decides to be a troublemaker, as well.
  • Clueless Aesop: Some videos try to tackle serious topics... try being the operative word here. Case in point.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: As you would not believe. Here's just one out of countless examples of this.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: A lot of "Grounded" videos feature the parents giving all sorts of unusual punishment to the kids. They make their kids watch shows for little kids, eat weird things, and maybe even put a diaper on them or turn them into babies.
    • In some videos, characters will be punished by being forced to watch random TV shows, including completely innocuous sitcoms like Seinfeld or Friends. This is treated as some kind of horrible punishment by the people getting grounded.
  • Crapsack World: The GoAnimate grounding videos sit most consistently at Type 2.
  • Crossdressing Voices:
    • Whenever you see Dora used, the model is clearly male, but the voice is always female.
    • One of the most popular voices to use for Caillou is the "Ivy" voice setting.
  • Crossover: A very large number of videos involve characters from various media all living in the same universe. As a vast majority of GoAnimate video creators are young children, many of these characters are from children's cartoons, including pre-school cartoons like Dora The Explorer or Caillou.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Asking someone to "engage" you is treated as this in-universe.note  Some videos even add a crowd gasping sound-effect when someone asks another person to "engage" them.
  • Deadly Prank: A lot of times, the mass mayhem and injuries or deaths caused by the trouble-maker of the day were the result of a prank, with varying levels of reaction from the troublesome prankster. (From being horrified at the unintentional side effects of their prank to still thinking their prank was terrific despite the massive damage it caused.)
  • Death by Falling Over: In the "(Character) Misbehaves at (Indoor Water Park or Place that Has One)", two of the atrocities committed by the trouble-makers include them pushing some slow-moving riders down a water slide and shoving a kid off some floating walk-pads. In both cases they wind up severely injured or dead.
  • Deconstruction:
  • Denser and Wackier: Not that the videos were ever considered very serious in the first place, but many of the earliest grounded videos were more...erm...grounded in reality, as you can see in Unbuilt Trope below. It was about when Caillou, Dora, and other baby show characters began appearing and getting grounded that the usual tropes of grounded videos came into play and sent the Grounded videos headlong into absurdity. (And infamy.)
  • Depending On The User: Everyone has their own ways of interpreting the characters they use in their videos:
    • While a number of users use the "Ivy" voice setting for Caillou, many others use the "David" voice setting instead. (Though with the David voice setting having been removed from the interface, the Joey voice setting has become a common alternative.) Caillou can also be anywhere from just his canonical Bratty Half-Pint self taken Up to Eleven to a dangerous sociopath with a Hair-Trigger Temper depending on the user.
    • Rosie tends to waver back and forth between being just an innocent (if Too Dumb to Live) victim of Caillou's schemes to either ratting Caillou out as soon as he acts out. (Whether innocently or maliciously.) Other times, she's just as antagonistic as everyone else and joins Boris in deliberately antagonizing Caillou.
    • Dora's appearance in the videos frequently changes depending on the user as well. Rosie and Boris also frequently vary in appearance among users.
    • The parent characters can be anything from just overly stern to somewhat abusive to every bit as sociopathic as their troublemaking kids depending on the user.
    • In some videos, there's one Barney who is a troublemaker and jerkhole, and in others, there are two Barneys (an evil red and purple Barney, and a good purple and green Barney). Also, Barney can be either visibly fat or appear to be skinny (if there are two Barneys, both are usually the latter weight).
    • It tends to vary among users whether or not Red/Teeth versions of characters (such as Boris, most notably) are separate entities from their normal counterparts or are transformations of the characters themselves, though having them as separate characters seems to be the most common interpretation.
    • Finally, the severity of the punishments given to the trouble-making kids tends to fluctuate as well. Some users just use the absurdly long grounding time and call it a wrap. Others frequently if not exclusively use "Punishment Days" (a string of consecutive punishments), while still others just have the trouble-making kid get severely injured (if not outright killed) as punishment.
  • Deranged Animation: Very common in the satirical videos by users such as NotSmirks, Warren Cookie, and NotZick Zick, though it's not unheard of this to happen in the non-satirical grounded videos as well.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: No matter how impossible it might look for a character to get caught and grounded, somehow, someway, something will happen that will expose the trouble-maker and their schemes to someone and end with them grounded, no matter how illogical it seems.
    • There are also other instances of this trope outside of exposing the trouble-maker. For example, at the end of this video Caillou and his family stumble their way to the movie theater for Rosie's birthday and (despite interference from Caillou) arrive fifteen minutes early...only for a Jerkass attendant at the theater to tell them that the movie has ended and that they are never showing it again, and then just outright refuses to let Caillou and the others in when they point out that this isn't true. This seems to happen for no other reason than to screw the family over.
  • Disproportionate Restitution: A lot of times the naughty kid will begin apologizing to people or their families for what they did wrong once they get caught. The apologies really don't hold much water if the bad thing they did resulted in mass mayhem and panic, massive property damage, or people getting hurt or killed. This can also be reversed when all the naughty kid did was, say, steal someone's cookies, and their parents still refuse their (more reasonable) apology.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: This is literally the only form of retribution in the infamous "Gets Grounded" videos. Make one small slip-up and you'll find yourself grounded for an impossibly long time. Sometimes your parents will violently attack you. And you can even get grounded for no reason at all.
    • Worse, there have been videos made of users the uploader doesn't like being executed and their deaths being celebrated. All this over petty things like, as noted below, making fake VHS openings!
    • Not to mention that you can get expelled from school just for getting a mathematical problem wrong. (granted, most of the time the grounding victims come up with answers not even remotely close to the actual one, but still)
    • In many "(character) Misbehaves At (restaurant)" videos, the troublemaker flips out and trashes the restaurant because the restaurant was out of one of the things they ordered. In other videos they freak out over the restaurant being closed.
    • There are videos where one character will litter on the ground, only for another to walk up to it and instantly get arrested and sent to jail.
    • It's occasionally inverted; characters will sometimes do terrible things like killing people, causing natural disasters, etc. All that happens to them is that they get grounded by their parents.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • This video shows one good example of this: Caillou sells the house in an attempt to escape being grounded. They still ground him for essentially making them homeless and get around him no longer having a bedroom by grounding him to their car. Hilariously, the video was actually used by a REMAX agent in the Kansas City area on their Facebook as a "don't let this happen to you and trust us to sell your home" example.
    • Another somewhat infamous example is this video where Arthur enjoys a popular book so much, he hides it somewhere in the city just so no one else can read it. Arthur does such a poor job hiding it, however, that it doesn't take much time for Binky to come across it and cause Arthur's plan to bite him in the butt very hard.
    • This video features a kid named Ricky deciding to make the world explode just for kicks. The video ends with him floating in space feeling proud of himself, but then he realizes that he can't breathe in space and has eliminated his only source of oxygen; he promptly asphyxiates and dies.
    • In this segment of a series of GoAnimate sketches, Boris takes Caillou to an airport and tricks Caillou into getting on a flight that, for some inexplicable reason, is going to fly straight into a volcano and kill everyone on board. (Including Caillou.) Too late does Boris, having gone on board the plane to keep up the charade of taking Caillou on a USA trip, realize that this means that he will land in the volcano and die along with Caillou.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Zig-zagged - many videos have the punished parties get fed up with the groundings and enact some sort of revenge scheme to get them in trouble. However, a very rare few allow them to get away with their revenge.
  • Double Standard: The usual given reason for everyone's loathing for baby show characters such as Caillou and Dora is because...well...they're "baby show" characters. For whatever reason, though, no one seems to care that Rosie, Boris, Doris, Diego, or any of Caillou or Dora's other family members are technically "baby show" characters themselves. The likely reason is because they all dislike the main characters themselves so everyone just brushes this off.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted in this video where Ms. Martin was caught doing it with Little Bill and was fired for statutory rape. Being GoAnimate, Little Bill was expelled for not wearing green, since it was St. Patrick's Day.
  • Dream Sequence: "(Character) has nightmares/bad dreams" videos primarily take place in a dream being had by the Character/Troublemaker Of The Day. Oddly, many of these videos often involve scary logos for some reason. And just to add insult to injury, a number of these videos end with the character's parents coming in to ground them, just because they can. Videos involving nightmares are the most prevalent of these types of videos, but Grounded videos involving good (or just plumb weird) dreams are out there.
  • Dull Surprise: Makes it surprisingly funny.
  • Dumbass No More: You'll find no bumbling dads or moms here. Even the goofiest of parents (such as Richard Watterson or Papa Bear) are now competent enough to catch their kids in the act of trouble-making and heavily discipline them.
    • In the videos where Arthur (or D.W.) is the troublemaker, Mr. Haney, who is typically somewhat of an air-head, is usually shown to be equally as competent (and harsh) as all of the other principal characters in the grounded videos.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The "[Character] Gets Sent Away" videos sometimes act as series finales for various 'grounding series'. The character gets, well, sent away to an unpleasant place for acting out, but rather than go through with their punishment they start a new life somewhere else with their friends.
  • Eldritch Location: The "Audience." We assume, considering that being sent there is considered the grand finale of several "punishment days."
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: For someone who doesn't seem to be a film buff by any means, Warren Cook's father Alan always seems to know the exact release year and releasing studio of every film to stymie Warren's attempts at false VHS openings, even for the most unheard-of films.
  • Enfant Terrible: At the end of the day, nearly all of the troublesome kids are intended to be this, albeit with varying levels of success. There are a few kids who are genuinely villainous or at least just immense Jerkasses, however.
  • Evil Counterpart: Evil/Red/Teeth Boris, a rude and psychopathic red duplicate/transformation of Boris with a huge mouth that somehow manages to be worse than Boris himself.
  • Evil Laugh: Even if the target character is doing something nice, they'll always do a laugh.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Almost every grounded video is titled in this format: "X Does Y (And Gets Grounded)."
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Outside of the rare occasion where they get thrown a bone for it, Caillou, Dora, or others of their ilk will always be grounded for some contrived reason no matter how good they are.
  • Fake Interactivity: This video.
  • Fantastic Racism: Some of the more sadistic videos have folks considered to be "baby show" characters be hated by their peers so much it could almost be called this.
    • Fantastic Slur: Being called a "bad user" or an "opinion disrespector" is probably the most heinous insult in the GoAnimate community. "Baby show lover" comes up frequently as well.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Being grounded or getting a Punishment Day is often treated as a worse punishment than getting arrested or executed, and a standard insult hurled by trouble-making peers on the news is "I hope (character) gets grounded by their parents./(Character's Parents)? could you please ground them?" regardless of how terrible the character's actions were. By all accounts it kind of makes sense, considering the long grounding times and the ludicrous level of removed privileges.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The GoAnimate community wants to kill a troll called Warren Cook for making fake VHS openings!
    • Not only that, but in a lot of the videos where someone gets arrested, they get sent to jail (often for long periods of time and without a fair trial) over crimes like littering a single hamburger (or even walking up to a littered hamburger).
    • And of course, no matter how minor the mistake or trouble a person causes, they will always be grounded for a ludicrously long time, even if someone just accidentally pushed someone else over or broke something.
    • This is particularly evident in "(Character) Gets Held Back" videos, where even the slightest things will result in setting a teacher off and the student immediately being knocked back a grade at the first offense. This includes such trivial or petty things such as talking in class, having sodas with their lunches, or even getting a single math problem wrong.
    • Parodied in this video by NotSmirks where Warren Cook's dad calls the police to arrest Warren when he finds out Warren made fanfiction out of himself and "babby".
      "911? Me son made porno out of me! Am crying right now!"
    • Founder Alvin Hung has gotten death threats from the site's users after GoPlus and many of the site's most popular themes were removed. Woe betide them once the website moves to HTML 5 in January 2016 and effectively does away any video-making features not centered on business.
  • Flanderization: The most common interpretation of Caillou in these videos has his bratty habits (something that usually only showed up from time to time in his actual TV show) cranked up to absurd Hair-Trigger Temper heights.
    • For characterizations in the Grounded videos themselves, early on in the history of the Grounded videos, most of the parent characters simply gave the extra long grounded times and called it a wrap. Very rarely were they actually violent when punishing the kids, and sometimes they actually did seem to not like having to punish the kids or just acted extremely disappointed rather than angry. Many later videos, however, saw all of these aspects get inflated to ridiculous proportions: Now you really have to search for recent videos that don't have the trouble-makers violently attacked by their parents for their wrong-doings, that don't have the parents act borderline sociopathic, absurdly strict, and/or Ax-Crazy, that don't have the parent characters fly off the handle at the slightest offense or actually act glad to punish the kids if they don't just outright hate them. For this, we can probably thank users like Isaac Anderson (who invented the concept of "Punishment Day" in the Grounded videos) and certain other users whose Black Comedy takes on the Grounded genre were adopted by many other Grounded video makers.
  • Flat Character: Many of the characters (both kids and parent characters) are quite interchangeable with one another, though some users do try to set their interpretations apart from others.
  • Floating Limbs: The site's mascots, the "Lil' Peepz" seem to have these.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: A few videos have characters in the video attempt to ground or rant at the users for whatever reason.
    • One in-universe example can be found in the first sketch in this video, featuring Caillou playing the infamous Hungry Pumkin game. After feeding Pumkin a soda, a chair, and Katy Perry, Pumkin says: "Give me the Kaylew", and proceeds to climb out of the computer to eat Caillou.
      "Waaaa-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-yo-ah!!!"
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Evidently, body swapping in the GoAnimate universe is not allowed, as this video and many others will tell you. Most commonly, the swap is between a parent and a trouble-making kid, and you really have to search for ones that involve any other participants of a swap.
  • Freudian Excuse: Some videos (whether they are a deconstruction or not) have the parent characters give an explanation as to why they're so harsh on their kids when they get in trouble. For example, here, where, after calling out his parents and getting them sent to jail, Caillou asks Boris and Doris why they are always so harsh on him and ground him for the most trivial of reasons. Doris then explains how her own parents always grounded her for ridiculous reasons (such as when she innocently told her father about how she wanted her own TV show) when she was a kid herself. It was then that she swore to do the same thing to her kids when she grew up, apparently so they would know her pain. Caillou (appropriately) rejects her flimsy excuse, gives them both a short "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and leaves them for good.
  • Gainax Ending:
    • This video: After failing to get away with turning his teacher into turkey, apropos of nothing a ticked off Caillou flies into the sky and does a send up of the ending to Trope Codifier, where he turns the planet and everyone and everything on it into roast turkeys.
    • This video, where Caillou's refusal to go to anger management leads to time-traveling shenanigans. The video ends with Boris showing up out of nowhere dressed as Sephiroth and stabbing a cornered Caillou with the Masamune. Caillou comes back to life only for Boris tell him that Caillou is grounded, resulting in an Earth-Shattering Kaboom...and then cuts to everyone at home in the present time (and Caillou being sent to his room) with no explanation as to how stabbing Caillou got them there. (Or how Caillou is still alive for that matter.)
  • Gender Bender: A common punishment given to the troublemakers is to have their sex changed via Magic Plastic Surgery in the "X gets his/her gender swapped" videos. It is also common to have troublemakers get grounded because they inflicted this trope onto someone else. (Whether by turning them into merely a gender-flipped version of themselves or turning them into a random person/fictional character that happens to be the opposite gender of the character being transformed.)
  • Genre Deconstruction: Videos such as this serve as a deconstruction of the entire "Grounded" aspect. They tend to focus on Caillou's dad's Only Sane Man and Disproportionate Retribution attitudes, essentially calling him out on his random punishments and reasonings as to why he does so.
  • GIS Syndrome: It's not uncommon for users to insert familiar characters into the GoAnimate setting via stock images of them from off the internet. Here's one such example of this.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Thanks to there not being animations for the characters to punch, throw things, or whatnot, the characters' animation for pointing ahead is often used in place of those and many other actions (and often adds to the hilarity as a result). Parodied in this video where Caillou tries to break a grill by doing this to it, only for nothing to happen. Caillou comments that simply touching something won't do anything to it.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Anyone who isn't the person currently getting in trouble and grounded, basically. This is more evident in the more sadistic grounding videos where the troublesome character is beaten up or murdered by their family and friends for their actions, or "Punishment Day" sequences with more severe (and less humorous) punishments.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Profanity is often replaced with this. Justified, as much of the community is composed of children who share their computers with relatives. Not that this stops some people though. See Obligatory Swearing below.
  • Grounded Forever: Parents in Grounded videos will often ground the child for a very long amount of time (ex: 112233445566778899 years) or forever.
  • Gross-Out Show: Seeing as how many of the users on the site are/were little kids, and there's an effect that makes people vomit, you can expect a lot of GoAnimate videos to be this.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper:
    • Parent characters absolutely explode with volcanic rage when they find out their children have misbehaved, often with a demonic, deepened voice. The screen sometimes shakes and/or turns red during their outbursts.
    • Not that their kids are any better. Many videos have kids either talking in the "Kidaroo" voice, the screen turning red, inexplicably growing enormous, or going going on a rampage (though usually all four at once) when they don't get their way. This is especially common in "(Character) Misbehaves at (Restaurant/Store)" videos when the kids flip out when their order can't be filled exactly how they want it or their parents say no to what they want.
  • Held Back In School: This trope is the main plot of a category of GoAnimate "Grounded" videos, wherein some students (usually two) start out in the 12th grade and proceed to knock themselves down all the way back to preschool by getting themselves in trouble via injuring a classmate or teacher, being disruptive, making messes, merely making someone mad, etc. before being expelled and sent home (with predictable results). Here's one example.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Some deconstruction videos involving the Caillou Gets Grounded videos have Doris finally having enough and siding with Caillou when either Boris finally goes off the deep end or Caillou finally calls his parents out on their actions. Very rarely, this happens to Boris as well, but most of the time he's far beyond saving.
  • Hero Antagonist: The parent characters, as well as pretty much everyone else who isn't the current troublemaker. (How heroic they actually are, however, is up for debate.)
  • High-Pressure Blood/Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Some videos have blood go flying everywhere when characters even get slightly injured. This video is one particularly ludicrous example of this, as Caillou jumps out of a window and lands on Rosie, resulting in a huge blood-splosion.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood
  • Hollywood Healing: Usually averted, sometimes to the point of exaggeration. Sometimes characters will be told that they won't be completely healed up for anywhere between one year to the rest of their lifetime from just breaking their leg.
  • Humiliation Conga: Some "Grounded" videos go beyond just the trouble-making kids/teens getting grounded and have all manner of punishments given to them. Sequences (or even entire videos) centered around these are usually referred to as "Punishment Days" by the users. This video is one particularly over-the-top example of this, where two girls kill their teacher and are punished with grounding, jailtime, Latios Luster Purging them in the face, getting their stomachs exploded, and plastic surgery and nappies before being eaten by their parents and principal.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan:
    • This is one of the reasons why a character will get punished — they'll be badmouthing or attacking something or someone when the grounder arrives and is angry because they're either a fan of their work or they're their best friend.
    • This can also be inverted in some videos, wherein characters get grounded for hanging out with a character/celebrity the grounder hates, or also for watching a TV show/movie or playing a video game the grounder hates.
  • I Have No Son: Many Caillou videos tend to have his parents favor Rosie heavily, to the point where their dad will be distraught over the idea of Rosie turning against him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: There's a series of "Grounded" videos involving the troublemaker of the day standing out on the street and "eating" people who walk up to them. (Here's one such example featuring Arthur.) Likewise, naughty folks may be eaten by another person (usually their parents) as punishment. And sometimes this trope is just there for vore fetish reasons.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Due to the limitations of the text-to-speech software, Caillou frequently ends up being rendered as either "Kaylew," "Kaylow," or "K-I-U".
  • Jerkass: Nearly if not everyone in the Grounded videos is this is some way, some moreso than others.
    • On one end, you have the troublemakers, all of whom are intended to be this way. Most of the time, the trouble-makers who truly fall under this trope cause mass mayhem simply for the amusement factor or for very petty reasons. Most of them come with a Hair-Trigger Temper which often results in them going on a rampage, often while swearing like a sailor. However, a good number of them are arguably Jerkass Woobies who act out because of abuse from their peers.
    • ...Which leads into the next point: Practically everyone who isn't the troublemaker. They (especially the parent characters) go to absurd lengths to teach troublemakers a lesson, to the point that they can become Designated Heroes. Even then, sometimes they don't even have to be punishing the kids in order to become this, as some videos will have the "good guys" being terrible to the trouble-makers without any provocation from the trouble-makers' end. Other times, they have parties or go on trips to Chuck E. Cheese's, Six Flags, or Disney World and exclude the troublemakers. In this case, though, it's usually because of previous wrong-doings, but there are numerous times where it's just out of spite. They also refuse to forgive the troublemakers even if the troublemaker of the day seems to be genuinely remorseful over what they did and even if it was just a petty slight like hitting someone at school.
    • The users themselves can become this if someone ticks them off sufficiently, if word gets around that someone's opinion is being disrespected, or if someone does something that they don't approve of. (As mentioned before, Warren Cook learned this the hard way.)
  • Jerkass Ball: Some videos show the trouble-maker of the day being for all intents and purposes a well-behaved kid, only to suddenly turn malicious and cause the misdemeanor that will get them grounded for seemingly no reason.
  • Kafka Komedy: Hoo boy, do a lot of videos fall under this! Characters can act like angels throughout the whole video, do something heroic, and/or even not be the one who caused trouble in the first place and still wind up grounded at the end because reasons.
  • Kangaroo Court: Justice in the world of GoAnimate is usually rendered by very partial judges and a Joker Jury who shrug off the defendant's side of the story (and sometimes consists of the troublemaker's family and friends, who are biased against them anyway) and give them cruel and unusual punishments, even for small fine-earning offenses such as littering. Often though, GoAnimate justice never gets to the courtroom as the patrolman (usually rendered as ill-tempered with fire coming out of his head) will render a life prison sentence for the accused right on the scene.
    • Subverted in this video, in which Boris accuses the court of being this trope, but it actually turns out to be a positive outcome for Caillou, as reality hits Boris like a ton of bricks and he is declared mentally insane for having a "grounding fetish", all while Boris attempts to paint Caillou as the most obnoxious brat in history, and as the only sane person in his family, even going as far as to try and ground the entire courtroom when the sentencing is handed down.
  • Karma Houdini: Non-troublemaking characters seem to get a free pass on tormenting the troublemakers or using any means necessary to bust them. Especially in the case of Caillou's Dad/Boris who is often portrayed as an Ax-Crazy sociopath but never gets in trouble, even when he clearly deserves to be grounded more than Caillou does.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: A common theme in the Deconstruction videos (and even some standard grounded videos when a non-ironic member of the fanbase decides to cut a trouble-maker a break) is the bad habits of the parent characters and other characters (especially the aforementioned and widely disliked Boris) coming back to haunt them. The usual way of this occurring is the grounded kid deciding they've had enough and fighting back against their Abusive Parents, either by grounding them or giving them a Punishment Day and then getting them arrested. Boris is usually shown to not take this happening to him very well and sometimes may undergo a Villainous Breakdown, such as here .
  • Kick the Dog: As if the execution videos weren't cruel enough already, most of the time the condemned's parents will visit them just to insult them, ground them, and tell them that they hope they suffer when they die, then celebrate at their funeral.
    • Even in conventional grounding videos, at times the punishments can come off as needlessly cruel. In this video, Caillou's mom destroys Caillou's teddy bear when Caillou fakes being sick to avoid going to school.
    • The Dog Bites Back: There are some videos where the grounded kid gets fed up with being grounded over stupid reasons and grounds them/gets them grounded/arrested instead and punishes them. Not that this means it won't backfire on them, though...
      • In one case, Caillou and his family appear on The Steve Wilkos Show, where Caillou tells his story, only for Boris and Doris to try and paint Caillou as the bad guy for his constant misbehavior. Steve Wilkos, though, just yells at the parents and gives it to them like it is, (sure, Caillou can be naughty, but who are the ones responsible for making him turn out that way?) ending with Steve asking if they have ever looked at themselves in the mirror, kicking them out of the studio, and having the police arrest them for child abuse, while Caillou and Rosie are put in foster care. Earlier in the video, Dora mentions that the same scenario happened with her, which gave Caillou the inspiration.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Ostensibly, you're supposed to feel bad for Boris whenever Caillou or someone else does something bad to him, but given that Boris is frequently characterized as an abusive psychopath, it comes off more like Boris getting some well-deserved retribution for making Caillou and everyone else miserable.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Certainly an aspect of many of the Grounded videos as the kid-types will pull dangerous or even deadly pranks (or sometimes, not even needing to be pranks and just be malicious) For the Evulz.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: The cheap international calling outfit Reliance GlobalCall has aired very low-cost ads made in GoAnimate, main business theme character, voices and all, and aired them on the American cable network Willow, which airs Cricket 24/7.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Someone may mention their voice changing to something when they're sick, or have their voice changed as a punishment.
    • On a similar note to voices, this video announces at the beginning that the main character had to change their voice because of GoAnimate removing several voices from their system.
  • Life Embellished: Super Rica and Rashy was based on Dini himself (and his wife, Stage Magician Misty Lee.) And their sock monkeys.
  • Limited Animation: Due to the limitations of the website, animation comes of as Hanna-Barbera in flash.
    • Specifically, the "Bodyguard" character has only an animation that looks like he is flexing his pecs. The animation is also used when he is angry, as well as dancing.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The Grounded videos in general have a wide amount of characters (both from the well-known to the obscure) used in them.
    • "X Gets in Dead Meat" videos can be this depending on how many characters are shown receiving behavior cards. One video can potentially have between twelve or twenty different characters (and cards) in it, if not more.
  • Losing Your Head: A lot of GoAnimate characters seem to be capable going without their head without harm, whether it's going headless to school for cheap laughs, scaring people by walking around without a head, or even being punished by having their head removed. Often, they're even still capable of speaking.

     Tropes M-Z 
  • Made of Iron: Many times characters will survive injuries that by all means should have crippled them or even killed them, such as being knocked off a very tall building or, for a specific case, this character who apparently gets his head knocked off by a flying school desk and survives with only his vocal cords not working right. Even if a character does wind up getting killed, their body almost always remains intact even if it was a fire or explosion that did them in.
  • Made of Plasticine: On the other hand, sometimes characters will wind up severely injured, crippled, or killed from normally non-life/health-threatening injuries, such as here where a character gets an open fracture on their face, leaves behind a huge pool of blood, and needs to be taken to the ICU for a ten-hour long surgery just from being punched in the face by four-year-old Dora.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: A recurring element of the Grounded videos. Some videos have characters going to the hospital to get plastic surgery, or characters being punished by being forced to have plastic surgery. The changes can range anywhere from getting a different face and/or hairstyle, changing genders, or even turning into a completely different character altogether. Sometimes these videos are used to explain sudden changes in character designs.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Characters may often be injured severely and then speak in a completely deadpan voice.
  • Malaproper: Quite often. Probably the most famous example is "getting in dead meat", which doesn't make any grammatical sense, although other examples such as "grounded for bigger time" crop up with alarming frequency in many videos. Many of the Dora "Grounded" videos seem to have the parents claiming she is grounded for "tranquility".
  • Malicious Misnaming: The rants made with GoAnimate always start with the user calling the subject of the rant a derogatory name in the form of: "(Subject), more like (Derogatory Name of Subject)".
    • Within the "Grounded" videos, this is one method of getting grounded in some videos. The trouble-maker either calls someone or changes the name of something to something derogatory, which leads to...well, guess. For one example, this video shows a disgruntled Caillou changing Disney's Frozen into "Sh-tsney's UnFrozen", and incurring the wrath of his family, the theater goers, and even the Frozen characters.
    • The speech-to-text voices' infamous way of pronouncing Caillou's name becomes a form of this in some videos, where Boris knows how to pronounce Caillou's name, but will often switch when he realizes he's "on camera" and call him "Kaylew" or "K-I-U" on purpose knowing how terrible it makes his son feel.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • Tends to occur in many videos when a large amount of people are on the receiving end of a trouble-maker's wrath.
    • The ending of this Deconstruction video just before the world explodes because of the removal of the novelty themes by Alvin Hung.
      "AHYAYAYAYAYAYAYA-EH-HEE-MAR! No!"
  • Mind Screw: Barely any GoAnimate videos make sense. Some are more nonsensical than others, but almost all of them involve at least some surreal aspects, especially due to the cheapness and limitations of the software.
    • This is especially true for the satirical videos or "Tlt Uolliac" videos. If Caillou is deformed and/or speaking with the "Jennifer" voice setting in one of these videos, things are likely about to get weird with a capital W.
  • Mood Dissonance: Many of the Grounded videos tend to end with "Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background as the character gets grounded.
  • Moral Dissonance: Characters can do whatever they want regardless if it's unlawful or has gotten someone grounded/arrested in the past as long as they are using it against the troublemaker. Here's an example here, wherein Caillou runs up to kill his teacher with a light saber, but is stopped when one of the other students pulls out a gun on him.
    • Wrongful Accusation Insurance is in full effect whenever someone gets someone else sent to jail; the wrongfully accused character will almost always break out of prison to blow the whistle on the actual trouble-maker without having to face consequences for breaking out of jail and anything else they might have done.
    • Sometimes one character will beat up, kill, or otherwise another character, only for them to be excused from doing so because it was a character the user-....er, ahem, the characters didn't like anyway.
  • Motor Mouth: Evil Boris/Red Boris/Boris the Teeth Guy. Usually, his speech is full of expletives, extreme yelling and Cluster F-Bombs as well.
    Boris the Teeth Guy: "WHAT THE FUCKING FUCKING FUCKING FUCK DO YOU THINK I'LL FUCKING SHITTY ASS FUCKING CUNT BITCH DO NEXT? CONTINUED ON WA-AY-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AH."
  • The Movie: GoAnimate: The Movie, created by Cayby J. Although it's an almost shot for shot ripoff of Greeny Phatom: The Movie, it has gained a slightly better reception than that film (though still mostly negative) due to actually being animated and because the art style of GoAnimate is easier to look at than that of Greeny Phatom.
    • Along with that one, many users have made numerous extended movies. Many of them are centered around, yep, you guessed it, grounding, and the groundee's quest for revenge against their parents. Here's one example.
    • Not to be outdone, there's also full-length adventures (that also involve grounding!) Like this one!
    • There's also a planned sequel, which is a rip-off of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water!
  • Ms. Fanservice: Pamela and Kate in Cartoon Classics theme.
  • Negative Continuity: Unless you're willing to believe characters can survive the abnormally long grounding periods, characters will usually not be grounded next video.
  • Never My Fault: In the "(Character) Gets a Job At (Store/Restaurant)" videos, the central character gets a job, only to insult, confuse, or otherwise piss off or drive away every customer they meet while on the clock. When they get fired by the manager, typically the main character will see no fault in their behavior if if they don't outright blame the supposed "stupid idiots" they drove away in the first place.
    • "Little Bill Causes a Car Crash" has Little Bill getting grounded for supposedly causing a car accident and trying to pin the blame on his mother. While he was acting up, it really was his mother that lashed out violently, turning her focus away from the wheel and then the accident occurred. She even blames Bill for making her crash the car.
    • During the events of this video, Warren Cook plays a joke on his dad and says that a tornado is about to hit their house (when there actually isn't one; Alan is quite annoyed when he finds this out). Later, a tornado actually shows up, but Alan thinks Warren is crying wolf again when Warren comes to tell him in a panic. The tornado destroys their house, and Alan proceeds to blame Warren for not warning him about the tornado even though that was exactly what Warren was doing and Alan was the one who kept brushing him off and not listening.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Often, various characters are shown to suddenly exhibit or have access to various superpowers, magic, or gadgets (such as a Transformation Ray to transform a character, the ability to grow or shrink, the ability to shoot lasers from their hands or eyes, items from video games, or cloning machines) if the plot of the video requires them to, usually to never be seen or referred to again unless the plot of a later video requires it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: some of the characters offered look... familiar.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Don't be surprised if a character is grounded, jailed or worse because they fessed up or they stopped something or performed some sort of kind action - they're still "baby show" characters and deserving of punishments. This video is one particularly sadistic example of this where Caillou prevents a bank robbery being pulled by his dad. The police thank Caillou by giving him a life-sentence in jail just because he's a baby show character, while heavily rewarding Boris in the process.
  • No Sympathy: Sometimes the parent characters will act incredibly callous toward their kids even when they are scared ("Kay-lew, stop crying like a baby.") or if the trouble the kid(s) caused resulted in them getting severely injured or left them in a What Have I Done state.
  • Not So Above It All: The punishment-happy parents are far from immune to getting themselves in trouble and grounded.
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: The site obviously has no way to render their characters nude or having sex, but some videomakers haven't let the site's intentional limitations stop them. They then color the clothes characters are wearing in their flesh tones, and suddenly you're either seeing Caillou doing his talent show skit in the buff (itself a copy of a Simpsons scene with Bart) or him walking in on his parents, who have dinner roll breasts and Band Aid genitalia (not for young eyes, of course); the most logical extreme is that a GoAnimate "sex scene" consists of a man in a flesh-colored t-shirt and shorts wearing sandals wooing a woman wearing a flesh-colored Wonder Woman-like outfit. Others mosaic the parts, and do their best with the speech-to-text software to render what they think are lovemaking noises.
  • Obligatory Swearing: Considering that the fanbase is mostly made up of kids who love adult cartoons, it really goes without saying. Take this movie, for example.
    Caillou's Mom: You are grounded for [extremely long number] f***ing years!
    • This video has so many dropped F-bombs (when the characters are berating Justin Bieber for having a cold, every other word they say has "f—k(ing)" between them, totaling 59 in total) that it's lampshaded by users in the comments.
    • The characters in this video can't seem to go one sentence without saying at least one swear word or some crass euphemism or name, among other blatantly obvious attempts to seem adult and edgy. (Even the One-Scene Wonder who knocks on the trouble-maker's door drops a "what the hell" and an "ass" before leaving.)
    • Even news anchors and reporters are fairly regularly shown peppering their live reports with f-bombs and s-bombs seemingly because they can, without consequence. (Which is hilarious considering that news reporters can and have been fired for doing so in real life.)
  • Off the Table: In "(Character) Misbehaves at (Store)" videos, a character will go on a destructive rampage when they are unable to get an item they want and are offered an inferior replacement. When they're dragged away and punished, they try to get the offered item instead, but are told that it's too late now. Usually, this is because they just destroyed the place the item was at.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Some videomakers forget to scale time, so you can have a 'Good morning, class!' greeting from the teacher somehow lead into a 'let's go to lunch!' call ten seconds later.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • In many of the Deconstruction videos, Boris often claims to be this in his family. (But it's pretty clear that he isn't.)
    • If anyone in Caillou's family is this, then it would have to be Rosie. She's typically shown to be the most normal person in the whole Caillou family and is often minding her own business when one of the other family members (usually Caillou or Boris) starts acting up. (This is, of course, outside of the occasions where she's tossed a Jerkass Ball, videos where she's characterized as an Annoying Younger Sibling to Caillou, or is the troublemaker herself.)
  • Overly Long Gag: "You are grounded grounded grounded grounded grounded for [ridiculously large number] years". Sometimes characters can spend up to over a minute just saying numbers. Sometimes the character will follow that with a ridiculously long list of oddly specific things the grounded character is not allowed to do. In other videos, the character will rattle off a massive list of television shows that the grounded character will be forced to watch.
    • The average "behaviour card day" video will involve dozens of characters receiving behaviour cards, and then telling the teacher one by one what colour card they got and receiving their corresponding punishment/reward. These videos can sometimes stretch into the hours.
  • Parental Favoritism: It's not uncommon for the troublesome kid's siblings to be favored over them by their parents, whether for being more well-behaved or just because. It's especially noticeable in the Caillou videos, where Rosie is often treated like a queen by Boris and Doris, while they only acknowledge Caillou's existence when he gets in trouble, (if they don't just outright hate him for existing).
  • Parrot Exposition: Some "(Character) Misbehaves at (Place)" videos can become tedious to watch as the characters will recap the naughty character's actions at least once or twice as they drive home from the damaged establishment, and even more times if the video includes a news report on the trouble-maker throwing a fit, engaging their parent, and wrecking the place.
  • Perpetual Frowner: It's possible to make the characters this if you set them to always be crying. Uolliac is almost always crying in videos starring him, and NotSmirks's Author Avatar is often (but not always) crying in his videos.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: You could make a case for the troublemakers who are children, as they are able to put up a fight with people twice their size and single-handedly destroy large buildings during their tantrums.
  • Police Are Useless: The police in the Grounded videos seem to have something of a Hair-Trigger Temper, as they will instantly peg a character with jailtime for littering if they so much as walk up to a piece of paper on the ground. Other times, they just outright arrest people for little to no reason or show a bias towards the trouble-making kids' parents (or basically anyone but the trouble-makers for that matter), sometimes even arresting the kids just for talking to them. Outside of that, the police will instantly come to arrest someone if they are simply asked to without complaint, even if they are being called to arrest a kid for smashing their sibling's iPod.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Most videos tend to treat the morality of a character's actions depending on whether they are a troublemaker or not. A character considered a trouble-maker may do one certain action and get grounded for it, only for a non-troublemaker to do the same exact thing and without the action portrayed as wrong, if they aren't outright rewarded for it. Needless to say, this can lead to some huge cases of Moral Dissonance.
  • Random Events Plot: Several longer videos don't make much sense, and are mostly just montages of characters repeatedly getting grounded. Special mention goes to GoAnimate: The Movie, which has a completely incomprehensible plot (though this is because it's a ripoff of Greeny Phatom: The Movie, and that series is know for being FILLED with these).
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Most frequently yelled by someone right before a trouble-maker does something terrible to them. It's also been known to be yelled by a grounded character as they run to their room.
  • Reality Ensues: One of the most popular ways of deconstructing the Grounded videos is to show the parent characters' questionable disciplinary methods coming back to bite them in the ass when the trouble-maker exposes their abusive ways in some way to one or many people. These videos usually end with the parent characters being arrested and the trouble-making kids earning their happy ending.
  • Read the Fine Print: In the joining conditions if you are going to use the site to make your own projects.
  • Rejected Apology: No matter how much they beg, the troublemakers will never be forgiven for any misdemeanor or accident they cause even if they seem genuinely remorseful over their actions. Justified when they caused mass hysteria or property damage or the trouble was caused out of genuine malice. Somewhat less so when the trouble they caused was an accident or was something as simple as breaking a lamp. Cases of the latter often result in the parent/friend characters coming off as needlessly callous and/or unreasonable.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Again, many of the users are little kids, so grammatical errors can be expected.
  • Rule of Three: It's common for parents to say to their children that not only are they grounded, they are grounded, grounded, grounded.
  • Revenge Fic:
    • The more vitriolic "Grounded" videos aimed at Caillou, Dora, and other such characters can basically be described as this. Often the only reason given for targeting them is just because "they suck" and they're "baby show" characters. The only reason the videos don't go straight into Hate Fic territory is because the other characters from the targeted character's show rarely are targeted along with them. (In fact, Caillou's Dad/Boris seems to be something of an Ensemble Darkhorse among the non-ironic fanbase.)
    • Speaking of Boris, folks who dislike the GoAnimator's common interpretation of the character (a character who is apparently intended to be a Memetic Badass who heroically puts Caillou in his place, but comes off more like an Ax-Crazy psychopath who torments Caillou if the latter so much as moves) often vent their frustrations with videos of Boris either getting called out for his actions, grounded, or otherwise punished. The reasons here tend to be far-and-away more justified than a simple "he sucks". Other parent characters (particularly Caillou's Mom/Doris and Warren Cook's dad) often get subjected to this for similar reasons as well.
  • Sadist Show: The grounded videos. They apparently take place in a Crapsack World where one little slip will get you grounded, arrested, or even murdered whether you deserve it or not. It doesn't help that in some videos, people seem to take glee in dishing out the punishments on the grounding victims, and will even celebrate their getting grounded/arrested/killed. Woe betide you if you're a "baby show" character, too, as literally everyone in the world (including your own family) will hate your guts and will gladly inform you of this fact, show No Sympathy when you get yourself in trouble (even if you just badly injured yourself), and will gladly punish you in severe ways if you even just step slightly out of line. The level of sadistic-ness in the videos tend to fluctuate, with some users' grounded videos being more silly than cruel, while some other users' videos have characters (especially "baby show" characters) getting grounded or arrested for simply existing.
  • Sadist Teacher:
    • Many of the teachers come off as this seeing as how they fly off the handle and suspend/expel students or send them to the principal over the slightest offenses. And even then, they sometimes come off as sadistic or unfair even before someone misbehaves: What sane teacher would make it so that coming in last place in a swimming race would get you suspended?
    • Some of the teachers in the "Gets Held Back" videos come off as this, particularly the ones that get mad and demote the misbehaving student over petty, illogical, or unfair reasons such as crying or not having homework, which they don't have, thanks to them just entering the class right then.
      • Even worse, there are instances in some "Gets Held Back" videos where the troublemaker gets held back because they brought in their homework when the class was going on a field trip.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Caillou has a Bizarro counterpart named Uolliac (usually pronounced "You-Ollie-Ack") who is the subject of the "Tlt Uolliac" videos as well as many of the more surreal videos.
  • Send in the Clones: There have been a few movies where Caillou either creates or meets more duplicates of himself.
  • Sensory Abuse:
    • Grounded videos often feature enraged authority figures speaking in voices that lean towards this. NotSmirks' videos parody this by cranking it Up to Eleven (ala YouTube Poop).
    • Said videos also tend to have the background music turned up louder than can be necessary, as well. (such as during the news segment in this video). This is also often a subject of parody in NotSmirks' videos.
    • One possible punishment troublemakers often receive in "Punishment Day" videos include loud music (which is oftentimes just as loud to the viewers). The authority figure usually tells the viewers to turn down their volume beforehand.
  • Serious Business:
    • Make fake VHS openings? Then don't be surprised when the GoAnimate community wants your head on a silver platter.
    • Likewise, the community will promptly turn their backs on you (and possibly make you the subject of a Grounded video) if you say anything nice about any "baby show". (Even if you just say you liked said "baby show" when you were little.)
    • And if you like site founder Alvin Hung, they'll want you burned alive.
    • Many of the users tend to be strongly opinionated, and one or more people disagreeing with them (often referred to in-fandom as "disrespecting one's opinion") can lead to them pulling videos from their accounts or even Rage Quitting video-making altogether.
    • In-Universe: Chuck E. Cheese's is treated as such, especially to Caillou, who will pass up a trip to Disney World or Six Flags just to go to one. Getting exactly what you want at a restaurant or store is this as well. "Engaging" people or going on a rampage is apparently the way to go if you can't get a Oreo McFlurry with your Happy Meal.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: While any character can become this depending on the level of vulgarity in a user's videos, the most consistent example across all the Grounded videos is Red Boris/Boris the Teeth Guy, whose dialogue in a single video is usually at least 80% profanity.
  • Size Shifter: The trouble-making kids are sometimes shown to have the unexplained ability to grow to an enormous height when they can't get their way.
  • Shout-Out: It is unclear whether it was intentional, but one of the stock characters in the Anime theme looks exactly like Touma Kamijou.
  • Spoiled Brat: Every trouble-maker is intended to be this, albeit to varying levels of success. Sometimes, the "trouble-maker" may not actually come off as this despite the efforts of the user. Where the characters actually succeed in being this trope, though, they can be almost sociopathic in their brattiness.
  • Stock Phrases: A whole host of them. It's easy to spot a standard "Grounded" video in them.
  • Stock Sound Effects:
  • Strictly Formula: Amongst many authors.
  • Stupid Evil: Most of the antagonists in GoAnimate videos are compelled to perform heinous deeds, even if it doesn't benefit them in nay way. Quite often they'll do terrible things and then proudly display their handiwork to their parents... who immediately flip out and ground them.
  • Stylistic Suck: Most satirical videos crank up the flaws of most Grounded videos (such as poor grammar, Random Events Plot, the Disproportionate Retribution, etc.) Up to Eleven for humor value.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: "ATTENTION KIDS; CHUCK E CHEESE WILL BECOME DEADL E CHEESE AT 9 PM. AND ALL EXITS HAVE BEEN SEALED TO MAKE SURE YOU WON'T GET OUT. EVER."
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: text to speech voice actors.
  • Take That: When the character who gets grounded/arrested/killed/whatever is a fictional character, it's safe to assume that this trope is in effect. Baby shows (or even shows merely perceived to be baby shows by some users) are the most frequent target. Even moreso when someone kills, grounds, or otherwise maims one of these characters and is un-grounded or otherwise rewarded for doing so.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Similar to the Kids Are Cruel trope, this is more noticeable in the "X misbehaves at Y" videos as the thing that prompts them to go to "Y" is being laughed at by their peers.note 
  • Temporary Bulk Change: A category of videos show a character ordering a ridiculous amount of food at a restuarant, usually a fast food place. They are not shown with their stomachs enlarging, they just instantly pop out.
  • Tempting Fate: "...and (Character), I want you to be on your best behavior, or else you'll be grounded." One has to wonder if the kids actually would behave if the parent characters didn't give this warning before going off on a trip or vacation.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: NotSmirks was one of many who had opted to quit after the removal of the old options. However, discovering GoAnimate for Schools prompted him to return to the field once more.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Warren Cook Gets Grounded" videos usually have Warren's dad call a massive mob of random characters, who proceed to yell at Warren. That said, given the emotional maturity of your average GoAnimate user, most of their speeches are along the lines of "You are a bad bad bad bad bad bad boy."
  • They Killed Kenny Again: In OfficerPoop247's more recent videos, a lot of the punishments Caillou's parents give him often result in him being killed, only for him to come back the next Grounded video where he's the protagonist.
    • This applies to anyone, really. Anyone who gets killed tends to return the next time a video requires them to. This includes other grounding victims, Caillou's other family members (Rosie in particular), or school faculty members.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: There are a number of videos where the one grounded could end up being ungrounded and/or rewarded for their behavior.
  • Toilet Humor: With a good number of kids using the site, this is bound to happen. Case in point.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Many of the kids are just begging to get grounded with some of the things they do. Two of the most common ways of characters being this are immediately doing something that they were told not to do less then ten seconds after their parents leave, or continuing to annoy or ask their parents for something even after being told that they will be grounded if they do it again.
    • In extreme cases, some videos have the kids being told that they'll be rewarded or ungrounded if they behave...only to immediately misbehave or do something bad as soon as their parents/teacher leaves, despite having the chance to escape a grounding or Punishment Day.
    • Rosie, in particular, is this as she often believes anything Caillou tells her and gets severely hurt or killed as a result. Everyone has their moments of this particular way of being Too Dumb To Live, but none more-so than Rosie.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • No matter how nice an existing character may be in their home series, their GoAnimate counterparts will invariably be a terrible person. Even characters who are normally best friends (such as Caillou and his friends, Arthur and Buster, etc.) will express distaste for each other or get each other grounded without a second thought.
    • In particular, the parents of existing kid characters deserve special mention here. Nine times out of ten, they become explosive Jerkasses who will ground, torture, or kill their kids for the slightest offense or laugh at their misfortunes, no matter how nice or patient they are in their home series. This is most apparent with Caillou's parents, who in canon are some of the nicest people around, but in GoAnimate are either apathetic uncaring Jerkasses (Mommy/Doris) or borderline Ax-Crazy (Daddy/Boris).
  • Took a Level in Kindness: D.W. Read. As a consequence of Arthur being the most targeted character from his eponymous show, she is commonly portrayed as an innocent victim of Arthur's schemes (like Rosie) with her trademark brattiness rarely coming into play, if at all. Of course, that's not to say that she never gets in trouble and grounded...)
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Caillou will move heaven and earth to spend a day at Chuck E. Cheese's.
      • He also seems fond of beer in several videos.
    • Most Tlt Uolliac videos have the eponymous character going on and on about strawberry shortcake. (Or, as put by Uolliac himself: "Strayberry strayberry strayberry strayberry strayberry sh-tcake.")
    • McDonald's also seems to be very popular with the kid characters as well, as are Burger King and Dave And Buster's to a lesser extent.
  • Unbuilt Trope: This video, possibly the first Grounded video to ever be made, sees the troublemaker expelled from school and grounded... only to be readmitted and unpunished after he apologizes to the principal. (The punishment in question is more reasonable than what would become the norm, too - he's merely banned from TV for two weeks and from attending a friend's birthday party.)
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Sometimes characters will actually help other characters, and even right their wrong-doings. Often their parents will still ground them anyway for some contrived reason, just to be jerks, or just to keep up the status quo.
  • The Unintelligible:
    • The Spanish language settings were likely intended to make writing dialogue in Spanish easily, but many users who make Grounded videos use these settings to write English dialogue for Hispanic characters anyway. As a result, these characters speak in heavily accented and barely legible English and frequently have to be captioned. Dora's Dad and Grandma most frequently fall under this.
    • Uolliac (Bizarro Caillou) speaks in barely comprehensible Word Salad Humor with the occasional "ah-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-ah" thrown in from time to time.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer:
    • Most of the troublemakers in "(Character) Misbehaves At (Restaurant)" videos. The gist of these videos is that the character goes to a restaurant such as McDonald's, but something they order is unavailable. The troublemaker usually loses their temper and either trashes or completely destroys the establishment because they won't take no for an answer when denied the food they were trying to order or refuses any other food options. Oftentimes the missing food isn't even the main thing they were trying to order (such as a certain kind of milkshake), making them downright unreasonable on top of unsatisfiable.
    • This also extends to "(Character) Misbehaves at (Store)" videos. A character will want a certain type of item, but the parents will not let them, usually because it's too expensive. When offered a cheaper replacement, the character will usually demand the initial item before ultimately flipping out and wrecking the store.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Getting in dead meat", which appears to be a term for getting a bad behavior card and expelled from school, when put in the context of "X Gets in Dead Meat" videos. For the record, 'dead meat' is a slightly-outdated term meaning that someone or something is or will be in serious trouble.
  • Vague Age: Many of the videos make it heavily ambiguous as to whether Caillou or Dora are still kids, if they're going to high school, or if they're grown up and the animators are just lazy to change designs. Rosie is rendered mostly as a tiny adult figure, though she still acts like her canonical two-year-old self. Bizarrely, some videos even show Boris (aka. Caillou's dad) attending Caillou's school, sometimes even in Ms. Martin's preschool class.
  • Villain Protagonist: The characters that get grounded in the Grounded videos (even though they sometimes may not seem like villains).
  • Voices Are Mental: In the body-swapping videos or a lot of times when a character is turned into another person.
  • Vulgar Humor: Along with Toilet Humor, this is also frequent, and rarely, even have South Park levels of vulgarity, considering most users are kids who love any adult cartoons and pretty much anything created exclusively for adults. Also, pretty anything violent.
  • Web Animation: Several have been produced or are being produced with GoAnimate.
  • Widget Series: Many videos. See Mind Screw above. Pretty weird series.
  • With Friends Like These...: Caillou's relationship with his friends and Rosie, most notably. If Rosie and/or Caillou's friends aren't against him from the start, they'll get along well with him. But once Caillou steps out of line, well, you probably know the deal by now.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: Crops up in at least one "Caillou gets Grounded" video, where he decides to use the girls' room instead.
  • Worst News Judgment Ever: Apparently GNN News has the world's most clueless news director, since they spend most of their time reporting on stories of deep international importance such as children 'engaging' their parents and destroying restaurants, and chastising parents to immediately ground their children for bomb threats and lockdowns. The former usually has the reporter and witnesses on-scene repeat what occurred during the 'engagement' two or three times, then has a studio interview where the 'engaged' parent repeats the story one more time while parading the child around to shame them publicly. And this isn't even getting into GNN's inexplicable glee while reporting on child executions for troublemakers.
  • Wrongful Accusation Insurance: In Grounded videos where a person is sent to jail, they will always break out of jail to get the person in trouble. They are never sent back.
  • You Are Grounded Grounded Grounded Grounded Grounded Grounded: Really?
  • You Don't Look Like You: Trying to create some characters will make them look...really weird.
  • Your Cheating Heart: There are a few videos that depict a parent character (usually Boris) having a fling with some other lady or man (for Boris, this is usually Miss Martin) and subsequently getting caught and grounded by their spouses.

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